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City Council Minutes

September 27, 2010
 

The City Council met in regular session on Monday, September 27, 2010 in Council Chambers.  A quorum being present, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Those Commissioners in attendance were Commissioners Knox, Sydnor, Stout, Thomas, and Hanson.  Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley asked for a moment of silence.  Commissioner Hanson led in the Pledge of Allegiance.   

Commissioner Hanson made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2010 Council meeting as submitted.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Appointments

Ray Jackson and Frances Copper to receive proclamation for National White Cane Safety Day (October 15, 2010)-The proclamation was read and presented to Mr. Jackson and Ms. Cooper.

Open bids for Combined Sewer Separation Phase 5-Bids were received from:

  • Barkers Landing and Excavation (Easton, MD) - $1,344,522.81
  • David A. Bramble (Chestertown, MD) - $1,106,225.00
  • Metro Paving Corporation (Hyattsville, MD) - $1,558,200.00
  • Retallak & Sons, Inc. (Easton, MD) - $1,050,000.00
  • Lindstrom Excavating Contractors, Inc. (Worton, MD) - $1,377,390.26

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to refer the bids to the Department of Public Works for their review and recommendation was seconded and passed unanimously.

Laura Weldon, Cambridge Dorchester County Christmas Parade Committee, to request permission to hold their annual Christmas parade on Saturday, December 4, 2010 (snow/rain date - December 18), starting at 5:00 pm-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request and a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and passed unanimously.  Non-profit organizations will be exempt from needing a 1-day vendor permit.

Pastor Abraham Lankford, Jesus' Church, to request permission to use the City-owned lot on the corner of Race and Cedar Streets on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm for a community event-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve the request, a variance from the noise ordinance, and use of the electricity was seconded and passed unanimously.  An insurance certificate must be provided to the City.

Pintail Landing homeowners to discuss their streets-The original builder has gone bankrupt after building approximately one-half of the proposed community.  The bonds between the builder and the City were allowed to lapse before several items were completed-such as, street paving, fencing around the dumpsters, landscaping, striping of the streets and parking lots The new builders do not want to do any of the unfinished work. The homeowners asked the City to pave the 3 unpaved streets.  George Hyde reported he had discussions with the new building when the transfer was done and has a letter stating the new builder will take care of the remaining improvements.  The City does not have any leverage until the company applies for building permits.  A motion by Commissioner Knox to defer this item until the next Council meeting when Rob Collison could give Council more information was seconded and passed unanimously.

Representative from James B. Richardson Foundation, Inc. to request a Local Government Resolution to be submitted with an application to the Community Investment Tax Credit Program-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve the request was seconded and passed unanimously.

Claire Clark, The Sewing Place, to discuss trash removal and associated fees-Ms. Clark was not present to speak.

Evangelist Francine B. Woolford to request permission to spread the word of Our Lord on Saturday, October 9th from 10:00 pm to 12 midnight at the park located at 705 Pine Street-Evangelist Francine B. Woolford requested use of the City-owned lot on the corner of Race and Cedar Streets on Saturday, October 16, 2010 and Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 12 noon to 6:00 pm.  A motion by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request with a variance from the noise ordinance was seconded and passed unanimously. An insurance certificate must be provided to the City.

Unfinished Business

Request from Rick Beavers for relief from impact fees for The Meadows new project on Woods Road-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to deny the request was seconded and passed unanimously.

Request from Interstate Container for a larger water line without having to pay the impact fee-Commissioner Sydnor made a motion enter into an MOU with Interstate Container stipulating that they could use up to the maximum that a 2-inch line would allow; however if they exceed that limit, they would have to pay the impact fee. Interstate Container must pay all expenses associated with having the meter installed. The motion was seconded and passed 3:2 with Commissioners Hanson and Thomas opposed.  Commissioner Knox abstained due to a business relationship with Interstate Container.  Mayor Stanley voted for the motion to break the tie. 

Award contract for Christ Rock water and sewer extension-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to award the contract to the low bidder, David A. Bramble, Inc. in the amount of $2,243,557.20 was seconded and passed unanimously.

Committee appointments-A motion by Commissioner Stout to appoint Brian Roche as an alternate member of the Historic Preservation Commission was seconded and passed unanimously.

Clarification on ordinance establishing certain real property tax credits for new senior residents of Cambridge-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to amend the application deadline from June 1st to May 1st was seconded and passed unanimously.

Clarification on ordinance to establish tax credit and waiver of impact fees within Downtown District-Rob Collison will re-submit the ordinance to clarify that the person will receive a tax credit for three years no matter what year of the program they enter it. The last year to enter the program will be 2015.

New Business

Approve financial statement for August 2010-A motion by Commissioner Stout to approve the financial statement was seconded and approved.

Approve purchase orders:

PO 5407 - Graves Uniforms - uniforms for CPD - $3,296.20-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5407 was seconded and approved.

PO 5408 - Eastside Automotive - replace and install transmission cooler system in Vehicle C-18 (CPD) - $370.00-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to approve Purchase Order 5408 was seconded and approved.

PO 5409 - Valerie Mann - administration of CPD grants - $300.00-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5409 was seconded and approved.

PO 5410 - Lawmen Supply Company - 6 tasers; download kit; and air cartridges - CPD - $8,076.50 (drug forfeiture account)-A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to approve Purchase Order 5410 was seconded and approved.

PO 5441 -  Alert-All Corporation - 2500 pencils and pencil top safety erasers for Fire Prevention Week - $1025.00-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to deny Purchase Order 5410 was seconded and passed unanimously.

Additional Items by Council

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay-A motion by Commissioner Stout to grant a variance from the noise ordinance to allow Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to display fireworks during a wedding on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm was seconded and passed unanimously.

Closed Executive Sessions-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to enter into closed executive session directly following the meeting to discuss a legal matter was seconded and passed unanimously.  A motion by Commissioner Knox to enter into closed executive session directly following the legal executive session to discuss a personnel matter was seconded and passed unanimously.

Traffic and Safety Committee Report

After reviewing the street lighting at the intersection of Boundary and Springfield Avenues, the Committee has determined that there is adequate lighting in the area. No action was taken.

A motion by Commissioner Thomas to add one streetlight on Elm Avenue was seconded and passed unanimously.

City-Owned Property on the Corner of Race and Cedar Streets-A motion by Commissioner Thomas to move forward with an RFP for this piece of property was seconded and passed unanimously.

Semi-annual work sessions with landlords-A motion by Commissioner Hanson to hold semi-annual work sessions with landlords was seconded and passed unanimously.

Request from Dockmaster to use grant funding-A motion by Commissioner Knox to allow the Dockmaster to utilize up to $1500 in DNR grant funding to purchase cards and perform work on the docks was seconded and approved.

Vacant position-A motion by Commissioner Knox to fill a vacant Property Maintenance Code Enforcer II position was seconded and approved.

Major Les Hutton-Council thanked Major Hutton for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens and the City of Cambridge and congratulated him on his upcoming retirement.

A motion by Commissioner Sydnor to adjourn the meeting was seconded and passed unanimously.  With no further business, Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.  I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and accurate account of the Council meeting Monday, September 27, 2010, insofar as I personally am aware.

                                            

Edwin C. Kinnamon, Clerk & Treasurer